Posted: 11:36 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
By Brandon Larrabee
Sports Illustrated college football preview issue is not the most in-depth magazine out there, and it's nowhere near Phil Steele in terms of comprehensiveness, but it's probably one of the more influential ones. For the casual college football fan -- read: NFL fans who are just waiting for Sunday -- SI gives them about as much as they care to read about our game. That means it sets the narratives for those fans.
And that's good news for no fewer than three SEC programs: Alabama, Texas A&M; and South Carolina, all of whom get a regional cover this year. The full Top 25 isn't out yet, but four conference teams, adding Florida to the list above, are in the Top 10.
Stanford is trending upward right now among the establishment, which explains the No. 2 ranking instead of Ohio State, but dropping the Buckeyes all the way to No. 4 is probably going to raise some eyebrows. South Carolina at No. 6 seems a bit high, and Florida at No. 9 means the magazine is buying into Will Muschamp's rebuilding job, but nothing else seems out of the ordina--
What do you mean, Georgia's not in their Top 10? Really? The explanation of that snub, and the ensuing (and largely justified) meltdown that will follow among the Red and Black's fan base, should be delightful. Read: It will sell magazines, which might be part of the idea in the first place.